Welcoming Week in Bend Event: Bend Open Streets

Welcoming Week in Bend Event: Bend Open Streets


Welcoming Week: Bend Open Streets

Location: Cascades East Transit Hawthorne Station (334 NE Hawthorne Avenue)

Date/Time: Sunday, September 17th from 12:00-4:00p

Join us for the #IWelcome photo booth and learn more about what it means for Bend to be a Welcoming City.

Bend Open Streets is an initiative of Commute Options, the City of Bend, and Bend Park & Recreation District. Temporally closing 2 miles of streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, biking, skating, playing and more! Taking place in Bend’s Central District. It is free, family focused and dog friendly!

Bring your bicycle, or just your feet and explore the streets in a safe, healthy and more livable way. Learn more: http://bendopenstreets.org/

For more Welcoming Week events, check out the City Calendar.


Did you know that on June 21, 2017, the Bend City Council unanimously supported a resolution for the City of Bend to be recognized as a Welcoming City?!

Here is a link to the Welcoming City Resolution

You may be wondering: “What is a ‘Welcoming City’?” and “What does it mean for Bend?

In summary; Welcoming Cities are guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome; including immigrants and refugees. There are some specific inclusive actions that Bend committed to as a “Welcoming City” which will provide equitable access to the cities services and economic opportunities. This is not just a “warm and fuzzy”, in name only sort of resolution but something that, if Bend embraces it fully, can be impactful to our immigrant community. For example:

  • In alignment with Oregon state laws, Bend will continue to refrain from the use of City funds, personnel and equipment from enforcing federal immigration laws and detaining people solely on their immigration status.
  • Bend will ensure that all people, regardless of race, religion, economic status, cultural, or language backgrounds, can enjoy full access to services to which they are entitled.

Here is a link to the Welcoming America website for more details about this movement.